Mich. high court to decide the importance of jury oath

Associated Press

Detroit — Should the wrong jury oath spoil a pair of first-degree murder convictions?

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of Brandon Cain, who was convicted of killing two Detroit-area women and sentenced to life in prison in 2012.

The state appeals court last year ordered a new trial. Jurors were mistakenly sworn with an oath that’s used during the jury selection process — not the one that’s used when a jury is seated. No one objected until Cain’s attorney filed an appeal.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says the oath didn’t affect the integrity or fairness of Cain’s trial. The 29-year-old remains in custody in an Upper Peninsula prison.